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District begins multi-year effort to improve equity, scholar success

A multi-year initiative, District Equity and Scholar Success Team, will work to embed equity practices into all areas of education...

Gunner, another counseling dog, joins Chillie as greeter, morale booster

The Rockford Education Foundation recently welcomed Gunner the golden retriever to the high school counseling program as a counseling dog...

Pre-teach, teach, reteach

Students learn through a “pre-teach and reteach model,” sometimes receiving instruction three different times as additional support...

Vaccine clinics for GRCC, Kentwood communities focus on accessibility

Leaders at Grand Rapids Community College believe vaccines are an effective tool in slowing the spread of COVID-19, so they are working to make the vaccine process accessible for everyone...

School coordinators tap into communities, connect resources

Eighteen months into the pandemic, there’s perhaps never been a time more pressing for families to have a sense of belonging in their schools...

Teachers weigh in on lessons of the pandemic

Teachers are recognizing what they've learned after 18 months in pandemic-mode

Hurray, it’s back-to-school! Now what?

Educators and students across Kent County are excited by the return to in-person learning but face uncertainties around masking and the resurgent virus...

Help wanted: Schools work to fill vacancies

Just like local businesses, area schools are facing an employee shortage...

Post high school, she’s pursuing big dreams in the Big Apple

A year after graduating from high school during the pandemic lockdown, Mariah Barrera is wrapping up her first year at Columbia University in New York City...

In a crazy year, teachers still taught, students still learned, and fun was still had

In a school year unlike any that came before it, teachers, students and parents all found creative ways to teach and learn despite the pandemic...

Getting resources to classrooms: the critical importance of the state school aid budget process

The support from the federal government represents a rare, one-time allocation of funds to aid pandemic recovery. Long-term progress requires continued, annual advocacy at the state level around the School Aid Budget...

Post-pandemic years will focus on student recovery

Several West Michigan educators contributed to the MI Blueprint for Comprehensive Student Recovery, recently released by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state education leaders to support student recovery from the pandemic’s impact...

Students focus on equity in letters to Board of Ed

The Equity Project is a new twist on an argumentative writing unit. Normally, teacher Katie Sluiter assigns a topic, but this year she knew students had a lot on their minds...

For once-homeless mother and daughter graduates, ‘dreams do come true’

Ayjia Jones and her mother, Monique Williams, are both graduates of the Class of 2021. Their accomplishment comes after two years living in motels, searching for housing and pathways to stability...

Wanted: teens who can inspire change, spark passions

Local middle- and high-school students are invited to apply by June 4...

Learning something new expands life, social skills

Students in an Autism Spectrum Disorder and Moderately Cognitively Impaired program explored many types of art and dance, thanks to a grant...
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